Thursday, 31 July 2014, 07:59pm
Moores proud of Cook's resilience
Cook made 95 and 70 not out as England recorded their first win in 11 Tests, beating India by 266 runs to level the five-Test Investec series at 1-1.
It was a much-needed return to form for England but particularly for Cook, whose position had been questioned on several occasions.
If any doubts had crept into the selectors' minds, though, Peter Moores' post-match comments indicate they have been firmly dispelled.
Cook also received a wonderful reception from the Southampton crowd and Moores told Sky Sports 2: "When he batted on the first day and when he came off at lunch he was quite emotional, for him.
"I think he knows there's a lot of support out there but he knew he had to deliver as well.
"The timing is always the thing, you know you're under pressure as an international player but especially as an international captain.
"He was getting to the point where, for him, he really wanted to add something. He wanted to be contributing to the team he's captaining and in this match he's had a huge influence, not only as a batter but as a captain.
"He can be very proud of his resilience to get to that point, and then he gets some reward."
One player whose immediate future remains in question is James Anderson, who faces a disciplinary hearing on Friday into his altercation with Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test.
Moores was unwilling to specifically discuss the charge against Anderson, man of the match in Southampton with seven wickets in the match, saying only "the hearing will be the hearing".
But he feels confident England can cope if, as is the worst-case scenario, the 32-year-old The Lancashire seamer is banned for between two and four Tests.
"I do," he said. "What we're finding at the moment is when young players get a chance, sometimes it might take a little bit of time.
"We've seen that with Moeen (Ali), it takes a few Test matches but there is some quality. I thought Chris Woakes was so unlucky in this game not to get wickets.
"They need to play, sometimes they need the public to give them a bit of a chance, providing they know they're giving their heart and soul to the team."
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Peter Moores, left, was delighted to see Alastair Cook silence his doubters